Dr. John “Larry” Bernard

November 7, 1931 - April 22, 2018

Dr. John Laurence “Larry” Bernard, 86, a resident of Cape Coral, FL for the past 20 years, formerly of Memphis, TN, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018 in Cape Coral. He was born November 7, 1931 in Boston, MA to John and Margaret Bernard, now deceased.

Most of his early years were spent in New York and Miami. After his discharge from the Air Force, he entered university and earned a doctorate in psychology in 1962. He initiated his 50-year career as a clinical psychologist, forensic psychologist, industrial-organizational consultant, and a university professor. In 1967 he was elected as a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology (ABPP), after entering Law School he earned a J.D. in 1978. In 1995 the profession acknowledged him as a Fellow in the Academy of Clinical Psychology (FACP) for his work done in the field. Over his university life, he taught over 30,000 students. He authored 3 book chapters, and published 35 scientific journal articles. Larry held licenses in 5 states and was on staff at 3 of the country’s largest mental hospitals (Alabama, Georgia, Washington).

In 1998 Larry retired from the University of Memphis to Cape Coral, FL. He was granted a psychology license in Florida and began working with the state offices as an expert witness, and evaluator for several departments, including the Violent Predator Program until his permanent retirement in 2012.

He was thankful for retiring to Cape Coral 20 years ago where was blessed with wonderful friends, interesting groups, and great gatherings.

When Larry was asked which part of his life was the most rewarding and fun, he always had the same reply, “raising my kids.”

Larry is survived by his beloved wife of 24 years, Dr. Deborah O’Laughlin Bernard of Cape Coral; three loving children, Dr. Scott L. Bernard (Abha) of Avon, CT, Brett A. Bernard (Melissa) of Bloomfield Hills, MI and Dr. John R. Bernard (Dr. Jennifer Bernard) of Olathe, KS; as well as ten grandchildren, Kierin, Scott Devan, Sheridan, Ansley, Sarah, Blake, Luke, Charlotte, Matthew, and Lauren.

Larry was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia.

A gathering of family and friends is planned for Friday, May 4, 2018 at 4 p.m. at the family home. Scripture reading and prayers will begin at 4 p.m., with a Celebration of Life following into the evening. There will be catering, and attendees are asked to consider bringing a supplemental appetizer for the gathering.

Contributions in memory of Dr. John Laurence Bernard are suggested to The Salvation Army, a favorite charity of Larry and his parents.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


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